The club's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a safe space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. There will be several moderators whose viewpoints span the political spectrum: left, right and neutral. The book selections will also be chosen to represent issues and viewpoints across the political spectrum. The aim of each discussion is to promote understanding ... “Ah, now I understand how they can think that!” ... rather than convince anyone of a particular point of view. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm. The next few sessions and their information are:
Wednesday, August 2: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance; Gary Pearce and Carter Wrenn (the Talking About Politics blog) will lead the discussion. (Note: this book is only available in hardcover.)
Wednesday,September 6: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate by Andrew Hoffman, moderated by Rob Christensen of the Raleigh News & Observer. This book is not eligible for our Book Club discount.
Wednesday, October 4: How to Think Seriously About the Planet by Roger Scruton, moderated by Kory Swanson, president of the John Locke Foundation.
As with all of our in-store book clubs, participants receive a 21% discount on the discussion book; just let us know at the counter when you purchase it.
In the bestselling tradition of Hillbilly Elegy, the acclaimed bestseller that explains why white America has become fractured and divided in education and class
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, NAMED BY THE TIMES AS ONE OF "6 BOOKS TO HELP UNDERSTAND TRUMP'S WIN" AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR-MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD
"You will not read a more important book about America this year."--The Economist
Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. These conversations have become a rhetorical contest, one where opposing sides try to achieve victory through playing on fear, distrust, and intolerance.
The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over-exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution.